XENIA — As they have done the last few years, members of the Greene County Fair Board have put some measures in place to make sure that livestock and humans remain as healthy as possible during the fair next week.
“We don’t want anybody to get sick at the fair,” said Jeff Barr, fair spokesman. “The swine diseases are the easiest transferable from animal to human. We’ve asked people not to eat in the barn, wash hands.”
Barr said sanitizing stations are set up at the entrance to all the barns containing live animals and visitors are asked to sanitize and/or wash their hands before and after entering. Humans can pass diseases to the animals as well.
“The kids put a lot of time in on the animals and we don’t want anything to happen to them,” Barr said.
To keep kids safe, strollers are not allowed in any livestock barn, especially the swine areas.
“The kids are on the (ground) level with the hogs,” Barr said. “The way the hogs move through the barn, they’re the one animal that’s not on a leash. We don’t anybody to get hurt.”
The fair, which turns 175-years-old, opens Sunday.